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Analysis: Feds owe state, Hoosiers an answer about HIP 2.0

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Analysis: Feds owe state, Hoosiers an answer about HIP 2.0

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The groups gathered last week at the Statehouse represented an incredibly diverse group of people and organizations – doctors, older Hoosiers, hospitals, mental health centers and kids. But they had one message – and it was aimed at the federal government: Approve the state’s HIP 2.0 low-income insurance program. […]

Analysis: Demand means state, domestic violence groups should settle funding dispute

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Analysis: Demand means state, domestic violence groups should settle funding dispute

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The domestic violence scandal that has rocked the NFL has opened a national conversation about the issue and led thousands of women to call hotlines seeking help for their own abuse. That’s good news. But the influx is also stretching nonprofit groups already operating on a shoestring. Fortunately in […]

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Guest column: Republicans prioritize money over people

By Scott Pelath House Minority Leader After nearly four years of one-party rule in Indiana, it seems only fair to examine how the Statehouse club management is doing. For the folks in my beloved home of LaPorte County, its impact is being felt with the anxiety over Camp Summit, a tough-love boot camp that has put […]

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Analysis: Bayh, Pence and the 2016 election

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – One key politician in Indiana has revealed his plans for the 2016 election, while another continues to dodge the question. Democrat Evan Bayh announced that he would not run for governor in two years. Meanwhile, Republican Gov. Mike Pence said he would… well… actually, he didn’t say anything about […]

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Analysis: Free textbooks not likely to make next year’s budget

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – State Superintendent Glenda Ritz wants lawmakers to start spending another $70 million annually to make textbooks free for all Hoosiers. But it’s going to be a tough sell. Democrats have tried for years to get majority Republicans to go along with the idea. But the hefty price tag has […]

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Commentary: Pence should stop playing games with judicial system

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has a problem with judges. Or maybe judges have a problem with him. A few days ago, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young issued a follow-up to his earlier ruling saying that Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. Much of this follow-up wasn’t a […]

Analysis: 7th Circuit take on gay marriage could be important in larger debate

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Analysis: 7th Circuit take on gay marriage could be important in larger debate

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Does it even matter? That’s the question I’ve been mulling as attorneys prepare to argue the constitutionality of Indiana’s law banning same sex marriage before a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. After all, two other federal appeals courts have already ruled on the […]

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Guest column: Inequality in Indy – A rising problem with ready solutions

By Derek Thomas Indiana Institute for Working Families This week, the Indy Star reported on the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ ‘Income and Wage Gaps Across the U.S.’ report.  The story presented the group’s finding that “wage inequality grew twice as rapidly in the Indianapolis metro area as in the rest of the nation since the recession”, largely due to the […]

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Commentary: Robin Williams, RIP

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The one time I met actor and comedian Robin Williams, it wasn’t the brilliance of his performance that impressed me. It was the quality of his friendship. I met him, briefly, in New York some years ago. I was there to attend a fundraiser for the Christopher Reeve Foundation […]

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Analysis: New chief justice makes court more representative for women

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The state will have its first female chief justice later this month when Loretta Rush takes over for Brent Dickson, who is stepping down from the position. A nominating panel picked Rush over three colleagues last week to serve as the state’s top judge. The panel’s members were adamant […]

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